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Internship- Radio Station WOWY 97.1
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Roman Rogalla

Majors: Sociology, Advertising, Global and International Studies
Minors: Business, German
Hometown: Berlin, Germany

How did you learn about this opportunity?

A friend had a previous internship at the station, and informed me about the opportunity.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I feel very fortunate to have been chosen as one of four interns at WOWY 97.1. My experience thus far has been great. I arrive to the station at 6 am and start to prepare for the show. My official position is morning co-host and the sports producer. I write the sports report and make sure we have a trivia question ready for listeners to answer and win prizes. Additionally, I prepare things for some other segments including famous birthdays and what’s on TV tonight.

Around 6:30 am, I head to the studio and the show starts. It is mostly music with weather, sports, and a trivia segment mixed in. Occasionally there is some banter back and forth with the host of the show. At 10 minutes before the top of the hour and 20 minutes after the hour I go on and do the sports. I write a one page sports report and have one minute to give the sports update. The show is sponsored by Penn State sports so we start with any Penn State sports news. After that, we cover any professional sports teams in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as national headline sports news.

“The people at the station are very friendly and were eager to help me succeed, not only at the radio station, but also later in life.”

How did this experience impact you academically?

My internship is giving me experience in a professional work environment. It allows me to show prospective employers that I have professional experience in addition to my degree and good grades.

What are your career goals and plans? How did this experience impact them?

Following college I plan to take the GRE and apply to graduate school. This experience helps me to show schools that I was active beyond the classroom at Penn State. Also, working here is given me more confidence and has helped me to be a better public speaker.

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